TAIPEI (CNA) — Taiwanese Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) has been listed at the top of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings in the women’s singles category for a record 125 weeks, the latest list showed on April 30.
Tai has now made history, breaking the record held by Chinese female badminton player Li Xuerui, who was No. 1 in the BWF’s world rankings for 124 weeks.
Earlier this month, Tai won her first title of the season at the Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur, defending the championship for the third consecutive year.
Following her win in Malaysia, she clinched the women’s singles title at the 2019 Singapore Open April 9-14.
Tai also had a good run last year, earning eight titles, including the women’s singles in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, which was a first for a Taiwanese player.
According to the BWF website, Tai earned a total of 95,667 ranking points, leading Japanese Nozomi Okuhara and Chinese Chen Yufei by 6,867 and 7,688 points, respectively.
Ranking points are calculated based on the 10 best point hauls a singles player or doubles team has had in tournaments in the last 52 weeks, the website states.
Tai will next compete in the world mixed team championships BWF Sudriman Cup, scheduled for May 19-26 in Nanning, China.
By Lung Po-an and William Yen